US ambassador nominee involved in sex scandal
By Oh Ro-sy
The U.S. ambassador nominee to Iraq Brett McGurk, 39, has been in the whirlwind of a sex scandal, following the leakage online of his affair with a reporter four years ago in Baghdad.
At the time of the affair, McGurk, special assistant to then U.S. President George W. Bush, was already married, while Korean-American Gina Chon was covering the Iraq War for the Wall Street Journal in Baghdad. Now they are a couple.
He chased after her and signaled he could provide sensitive information using sexual words in email. Reports said that there may be videotape of McGurk having sex with a different woman on the roof of Saddam Hussein's Republican Palace in 2004.
McGurk has served as an advisor on Iraq to the National Security Council under President George W. Bush and Barack Obama. He also worked as the lead negotiator of the U.S.-Iraq Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) in 2008.
McGurk and Chon have both kept quiet since the allegations were revealed. The U.S. Department of State had investigated the scandal, but it could not find out specific evidence.
Senator James Inhofe, a conservative who is the second-ranking Republican from Oklahoma on the Armed Services Committee, cancelled his meeting with the ambassador nominee this week after he heard about the scandal. Until those issues are cleared up, he will not proceed to hold a confirmation hearing, according to him.